University of Iowa

Writing a Book Proposal

Weekend July 21 to July 22 2018

A book proposal is your introduction to an agent or editor. It should answer two primary questions: Why will this book be successful? Why are you the best person to write it? This workshop will focus on helping participants begin the process of writing a proposal for various nonfiction genres, such as memoir, history, essays, autobiography, anthology, resource, self-help, how-to, humor, and more. Aspects of the proposal we will discuss and develop in our time together include: the title, hook, market, promotion, author bio, and outline. This class is for writers at any stage of the book-writing process.